Tenant kills landlord over allegation of womanising (Punch)
A 21-year-old tenant, Onyemachi Mmaju, has allegedly killed his landlord, Nonso Oyiboka, in Ogidi, Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was gathered that trouble began when the landlord confronted Onyemachi for always bringing women into the house.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “Not comfortable with that, Onyemachi went into the house and came out with a knife and attacked the landlord. In the process, he stabbed Oyiboka in the back. Read more
Sanwo-Olu opens N60m holding bay at LASUTH for COVID-19 cases (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, commissioned a N60 million self-contained 20-bed holding bay and high care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to isolate suspected COVID-19 patients/cases from other patients before their test results come out.
The governor, who was represented by his wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, at the commissioning of the facility, said as Lagos State continues to be the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria with concerted efforts to flatten the curve of the pandemic, the holding bay is important in curtailing the spread of the virus. Read more
MfB, Lagos provide N5bn intervention fund to schools (Punch)
EdFin Microfinance Bank has said it is partnering with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund to provide a single-digit interest rate loan worth N5bn to over 2,000 private schools and individuals looking to fund their education in Lagos State.
It said the N5bn intervention fund was part of Lagos State government’s initiative to help schools recover from the shocks and losses from COVID-19.
The bank said this in a statement entitled ‘Edfin MfB and Lagos State Employment Trust Fund collaborate to provide N5bn in matching funding to schools and students in Lagos State.’ Read more
Lagos unveils regional master plan, targets rounded development (Guardian)
The Lagos State government has said that its recent regional master plan is aimed at unlocking the socio-economic potential of the state to reap the benefits of planning and effective land use.
The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, disclosed this, yesterday, during the public presentation of the draft final report of the Ikorodu sub-regional master plan to stakeholders at Ikorodu Town Hall.
Salako said that the sub-regional master plan was designed to propel the sustainable growth of the area by re-organising the sub-region and infusing it with supporting infrastructure to create a more livable, lively and lovely environment for the Ikorodu population. Read more
Lagos Assembly visits disputed site for proposed 19.39km Ijegun-Abule-Ado road project (Guardian)
The Committee on Works, Housing and Infrastructure Development of the Lagos State Assembly yesterday visited the disputed site for the proposed 19.39km road to link up Ijedodo, Ijegun and Abule-Addo in Iba Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
The community had been agitated following the marking of many houses on the project’s Right of Way (RoW). Affected residents were irked by the development, which they described as a total deviation from what is in the original Ijegun-Ijedodo-Abule Ado model city plan 2010-2020 as approved by the state government.
One of the affected residents, Mr Young Abokitia, who spoke with journalists during a protest over the issue last week, said: “The master-plan of the state government had delineated a particular place for the road project, but what the land grabbers are trying to do is out of the original plan. They want to change it to where the NNPC pipelines are laid. Read more
School owners at war with parents, teachers over fees, salaries (Vanguard)
Barely two weeks after some sections of primary and secondary schools reopened in some parts of the country, most proprietors are now at war with parents and their teachers over the issue of money.
Some proprietors are battling parents and guardians over demands for fees for the third term of the inconclusive 2019/20 academic session, even though the schools resumed for the 2020/21 session.
Also, the decision by some school owners not to pay a full month salary to some of their teachers who resumed is creating bad blood in many schools. Read more
Anambra floods displace 5,000, submerge houses, schools, churches (Punch)
No fewer than 5,000 persons have been displaced by flood that submerged houses, schools and churches in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The Chairman of the council, Arinzechukwu Awaogu, disclosed this to journalists.
He said about 1,000 of the displaced persons were being catered for at Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in the area, while many others trapped in their communities needed evacuation.
Awaogu stated, “Over 5,000 families have been displaced, while churches, schools and many residential houses have been submerged by flood, with farm crops destroyed and displaced persons seeking refuge in Onitsha and surrounding communities. Read more
EFCC arraigns four for alleged N38.5m scam (Guardian)
The Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, arraigned four suspects before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja on a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N38, 570, 000.
According to the prosecuting counsel, S.O. Daji, the accused – Joseph Nworhabiko Adele, Jackson Precious Kamalu, George Iwuagwu and Richie Edward Ojeba – allegedly obtained money from one Dr. Joseph Friday Mekiliuwa, the Managing Director of Wealth Builders Technical Services Limited, by false pretence in March 2019.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read more
Harris clash on coronavirus pandemic (BBC)
US Vice-President Mike Pence and Democratic running mate Kamala Harris have clashed fiercely over the coronavirus pandemic in a TV debate.
Ms Harris accused President Donald Trump of “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country”.
Mr Pence said Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s pandemic plan was “plagiarism” of the current White House’s.
Mr Biden leads Mr Trump with 27 days to go to the vote.
In Wednesday night’s 90-minute debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Ms Harris was asked whether she would take an approved Covid-19 vaccine distributed ahead of the election. Read more
Facebook blocks onion ad for being ‘overtly sexual’ in algorithm mix-up (NYPost)
This advertisement for onion seed from The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze was banned by Facebook.
This advertisement for onion seed from The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze was banned by Facebook.
Maybe these onions were showing too much skin.
Facebook banned a Canadian seed company’s ad featuring a fairly plain picture of the root vegetable — labeling it “overtly sexual” in an algorithm-fueled mess-up, according to reports.
In the eye-watering flub, Facebook blocked the Gaze Seed Company’s ad for $1.99 Walla Wallas, saying the onions were positioned in a “sexually suggestive manner” — apparently mistaking the bulbs for breasts, according to CBC News. Read more
Huawei: ‘Clear evidence of collusion’ with Chinese Communist Party (BBC)
There is “clear evidence of collusion” between Huawei and the “Chinese Communist Party apparatus”, a parliamentary inquiry has concluded.
And the MPs say the government may need to bring forward a deadline set for the Chinese firm’s 5G kit to be removed from the UK’s mobile networks.
Huawei has responded by saying “this report lacks credibility as it is built on opinion rather than fact”.
But the latest accusation poses a further challenge to its business. Read more
Apple announces iPhone 12 event on October 13 (Metro)
Apple has confirmed it is holding a virtual event next week on October 12 which, in all likelihood, will see the reveal of the iPhone 12. The tech giant sent out invitations to the event with the caption ‘Hi, Speed’ and the Apple logo surrounded by bubbles. Since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has shifted to virtual events that are livestreamed on the Apple Events section of its website. Next week, the iPhone announcement will kick off at 10am PT, which translates to 6pm here in the UK. Read more
Sarah Silverman, Mark Ruffalo among celebs getting naked for voting PSA (PageSix)
It’s the celebrity voting body.
A handful of Hollywood stars — including Mark Ruffalo and Sarah Silverman — got naked for a new PSA urging Americans to follow instructions when voting by mail to ensure their ballot counts.
“If you don’t do exactly as I tell you, then your ballot could get thrown out,” Silverman says, a hand covering each breast, in the video released Wednesday by nonpartisan organization RepresentUs.
The au naturel celebs remind voters what color pen to use and how to stuff their ballot into the envelope. Read more
Brazil’s coronavirus cases pass five million (BBC)
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Brazil have passed five million, with deaths in the country approaching 150,000, officials say.
Brazil’s health ministry reported 31,553 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total infections to 5,000,694.
The country is the third worst hit for infections, after the US and India.
President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of downplaying the risks of the virus throughout the pandemic, ignoring expert advice on restrictive measures. Read more
Jurassic World: Dominion filming halted after positive coronavirus tests on set (Metro)
Filming has been halted on Jurassic World: Dominion after ‘a few’ positive coronavirus test results were received on set. While those who tested positive are now testing negative, filming on the Chris Pratt, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum movie has been halted for two weeks as a precaution. After a tweet from director Colin Trevorrow, a statement was issued on the official Jurassic World Twitter, alongside a snap of a dinosaur wearing a mask. ‘Late last night, we were informed that the Jurassic World: Dominion production experienced a small amount of positive tests for COVID-19,’ it read. Read more
Joshua Cheptegei smashes 10,000m world record as Letesenbet Gidey sets new women’s 5,000m best (BBC)
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei smashed the men’s 10,000m world record as Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey broke that of the women’s 5,000m in Valencia.
Cheptegei, 24, clocked 26 minutes 11.00 seconds to beat Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old time by more than six seconds.
Gidey, 22, clocked 14 minutes 6.62 seconds to better the 14mins 11.15secs set by Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008.
They achieved the feats at the NN Valencia World Record Day, a one-off event taking place in the Spanish city.
“I’m happy,” said Gidey, who won 10,000m silver at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. “This has been a long-time dream. It is very big for me.” Read more
Eagles hope to end Belmadi’s unbeaten record (Punch)
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, will be hoping to inflict a first defeat on Algerian coach, Djamel Belmadi, when both teams lock horns in an international friendly on Friday in Austria.
Algeria are unbeaten in their last 18 games, with Belmadi handling 14 of those matches. The Desert Foxes won 12 games and drew twice under Belmadi, since he took over the national team in 2018.
The North Africans defeated Nigeria 2-1 in the semi-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt courtesy of a late Riyad Mahrez free kick. They defeated Senegal 1-0 in the final to seal their first AFCON trophy in 29 years.
Nigeria has a slight superior head-to-head ratio in 25 games against the Algerians, winning nine matches, losing eight and drawing0 eight times. Read more
French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Pablo Carreno Busta to reach semi-finals (BBC)
World number one Novak Djokovic overcame early physical struggles to beat Pablo Carreno Busta and reach the French Open semi-finals.
The Serb arrived on court with tape on his neck, repeatedly massaged his left biceps and grimaced on his way to losing the first set, but went on to win 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4.
It was a rematch of September’s US Open encounter where Djokovic was defaulted for hitting a line judge with a ball.
Djokovic faces Stefanos Tsitsipas next.
“I definitely didn’t feel great coming into the court today,” Djokovic, 33, told a news conference. Read more
Podoroska makes French Open history (Vanguard)
Nadia Podoroska made history at the French Open yesterday by becoming the first-ever qualifier to reach the women’s singles semifinals at Roland Garros.
Ranked 131st in the world, Argentine Podoroska had never beaten a top 50 player coming into the tournament but stunned No.3 seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets — 6-2 6-4.
Podoroska also becomes the first female qualifier in 21 years to reach the final four of any grand slam. The 23-year-old showed impressive efficiency and nerves of steel throughout the quarterfinal match, celebrating her victory by throwing her racket into the air with joy.
“It’s difficult for me to speak after the match, but thanks everyone for your support. I’m very, very happy!” said Podoroska, per the WTA. Read more
Giroud overtakes Platini to go second on France scorers list (BBC)
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud became France’s second-highest goalscorer of all time – surpassing Michel Platini – in a friendly hammering of Ukraine.
Giroud, 34, scored twice in the first half to take his tally to 42 on his 100th international appearance, nine adrift of Thierry Henry’s record.
Teenager Eduardo Camavinga, 17, netted the opener on his full debut to become France’s second-youngest scorer.
Corentin Tolisso, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann all found the net. Read more
Chukwudi to revamp Heartland (Nation)
Returnee Heartland FC General Manager, Ifeanyi Chukwudi, asserted that he was eager to ensure that the Naze Millionaires reclaim their pride of place in Nigerian Football.
Chukwudi, in an interview after the team’s Interim Management Committee inauguration at the Government House, Owerri, noted that internal wrangling had bedevilled even as he called on stakeholders work towards revamping Heartland FC.
“We are going to have another round of meeting with the Imo Government and as soon as that is done, I know that the players and officials payments will come first because the Governor (Hope Uzodinma) is aware about the plights of the team including the stoppage to their salary,” Chukwudi said. Read more
Wilfried Zaha racist abuse: Boy, 12, ‘extremely remorseful’ (BBC)
A 12-year-old boy was “extremely remorseful” after sending racist messages to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, police said.
He has received education sessions “as part of the restorative justice process” following the incident.
Ivory Coast winger Zaha, 27, had called for “action”, “education” and “change” after the abuse on social media.
Police say he backed their approach, which involved the use of anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out.
The boy was arrested after Zaha revealed the messages before a defeat at Aston Villa in July. Read more